BBOSteps to Work are the lead organisation on two Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Projects which aim to help people overcome their barriers and reach their individual goals with expert help and guidance. If you would like to speak to us about either of these projects, you can call us on 01922 627555 or view our list of partner organisations here to find out who you can speak to about accessing the project. The BRIDGES Project Steps to Work are the lead organisation on the BRIDGES project, which covers the Black Country area offering support for people to overcome their barriers no matter and move closer to the job market. Steps to Work has received over £10.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to run the project for three years, alongside 29 partner organisations across the Black Country. EVOLVE Steps to Work are the lead organisation on the Evolve project, which offers the same support to participants in East Staffordshire. It covers Cannock, East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth. The project has received over £3 million from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to run the project for three years alongside 18 partner organisations across East Staffordshire. HomeBRIDGESEvolveBlogCase StudiesOur FundersSign UpOur Delivery Partners BBO Evolve helps Elissa pluck up courage to volunteer “Without this project I would not have had the confidence to volunteer, and it has made me feel much more positive about finding a job” Elissa has been with the project since April. She lacks confidence to return to the job market after being employed for a number of years with a lady running a sewing business, Elissa was the only employee and as such had lost the confidence of being around people in a work environment. With Emily’s encouragement Elissa has started Volunteering with us at Citizens Advice Mid Staffordshire which is building her confidence both with office skills and engaging with people in an office environment. She has found just having someone to make plans with about job searches and the structure of meeting with Emily a real confidence boost and would not have had the confidence to Volunteer had she not been with the Evolve project. Sometimes she feels like she has not achieved anything but Emily will encourage her to see that she has achieved a lot. Elissa’s plans for the future are to continue building on her existing skills and to become confident in her own abilities, to continue with Emily’s support and find a job.